General News of Saturday, December 1, 2018
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said it's on Time to reverse the emerging trend of HIV infection among young people in the country.
He therefore mandated the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), the Ministry of Health, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to work together to have a high impact  President Akufo-Addo said this in a speech he read at Ho-Durbar in Ho on the occasion of this year's World AIDS Day.
Ghana marks the day with the theme "Test, Treat to Suppress and End." new HIV infections. "In addition to the global theme of" Know Your Status "(1
The President reaffirmed the government's commitment to the UNAIDS goal of 90-90-90-90 percent of all people living with HIV who know their status by 2020, 90 percent of all people with HIV infection – sustainable antiretroviral therapy by 2020 and 90 percent of all people who receive antiretroviral therapy, who have received virus suppression by 2020.
He recommended development partners to keep up the fight against HIV and called for more cooperation to fight the disease.
Ms. Shola David Borha, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Africa, reiterated the call on private sector actors to join the fight against HIV, saying that a healthy community is a productive community.
"There is no need for complacency. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure tomorrow's generation is free of HIV and AIDS, "she said.
Ms. Borha said the bank believed Africa would win the fight against HIV and advance its socioeconomic development, and called for the strengthening of the girl child in support of the HIV prevention campaign.
Ms. Angela Trenton-Mbonde, Country Director of UNAIDS, praised the Ghana AIDS Commission for its relentless efforts to end AIDS and urged them to continue the campaign against stigma and discrimination.
"Many died because of stigma and discrimination. Stigma and discrimination prevented them from living and accessing life-saving services, "she said.
Ms. Trenton-Mbonde stressed the need for everyone to know their status and use antiretroviral therapy for a healthy world, UNAIDS said would support stakeholders in advocating a strong commitment to Agenda 90-90-90.
Christopher Lamora, Charge d'Affaires, US Embassy, said HIV is one of the top priorities for the US and will be addressed through the emergency plan Speakers for AIDS Aid (PEPFAR), 10 years in Ghana and 15 years worldwide.
Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Shi Ting Wang, said the fight against HIV and AIDS is the key to cooperation between China and Africa and declared China's willingness to work closely with China to fight HIV and AIDS.
Mr Kyeremeh Atuahene, Acting Director-General de The AIDS Commission in Ghana said the day offers the Commission the opportunity to take stock and develop a new strategy to fight HIV and AIDS.
He says The Commission had decided to innovate in implementing its policy and called for concerted efforts by healthcare workers and civil society organizations on the grounds that it should not be as usual.
The event was well attended and was announced through media engagements and community engagements and public lectures.